DUP leader says talks with Britain's Conservatives 'positive'

Nick Mcbride
June 13, 2017

Some senior Conservatives say the party's loss of its parliamentary majority in last week's vote was, in part, a rejection of Mrs.

Several Conservative lawmakers, who all spoke on condition of anonymity because it was a private meeting, said she started off at the meeting by saying she had got the party into "this mess and I'm the one who is going to get us out of it'".

The meeting with the rank-and-file, some of whom have called for May to step aside sooner rather than later, was brought forward a day.

With the new government set to present its legislative programme to parliament on June 19, the clock is ticking on efforts to bolster the Conservatives' position. Delay would represent a highly unusual circumstance in a country where the monarch's schedule is determined months in advance.

Britain's Brexit minister has said negotiations with the European Union may not start next Monday, as originally planned, raising the prospect that the political uncertainty facing the United Kingdom in the wake of the inconclusive election results could interfere with the timeline for negotiations. However, he insisted they will begin next week.

"We are extremely interested in a good, reasonable outcome and the idea is that we stick to the timeline (of the talks)", Hahn told a news conference.

Davis also suggested the government would focus on the divorce proceedings before moving on to trade.

Some lawmakers, particularly those from the Scottish National Party, are urging cross-party discussions to reach a consensus on Britain's exit from the EU. Osborne said yesterday that May was "a dead woman walking", and claimed that she would have to resign "within days".

As reported in The Guardian, Theresa May has singlehandedly weakened her position, and many in her own party have declared that her position is "untenable".

While Britain's voters sent a clear signal of dissatisfaction to the ruling Conservatives, they were not prepared to put the opposition Labour Party into power.

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Diplomats from some of the 27 other European Union member states said they were willing to listen to new proposals from Britain.

Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson, who is touted as the favourite to replace May should she be forced out, called on colleagues to rally behind her.

Over the weekend, May's top two aides stepped aside.

The backbench grilling comes as May seeks to overhaul some of her manifesto pledges, which contributed to the party's poor election showing.

In a surprise move, Michael Gove was appointed environment and agriculture minister less than a year after the prime minister sacked him as justice minister.

"Once she'd made that confession - that mea culpa "I'm taking responsibility" - the room really warmed up", said another lawmaker who attended the meeting of the committee, named after a meeting in 1922 when the Conservatives withdrew from a coalition government.

Britain's descent into political crisis just days before the Brexit talks begin has sapped confidence amongst business leaders and infuriated bosses who were already grappling with the fallout from the vote to leave the EU. "May would not have countenanced previously, and which would be positive".

"The most important thing is if you want to proceed with the maximum possible support that you engage in an open conversation and in that open conversation what you don't do is try to corral others into a particular position, you're true to your principles, true to the referendum result but open in the way in which you wish to engage".

"Being seen to be the prime minister" could help "shore up her authority at home", according to Colin Talbot, professor of government at the University of Manchester.

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